Carnegie Institution: “Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change?”
Dr. Chris Field
Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science
Dr. Ken Caldeira
Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science
Dr. James R. Fleming
Director, Science, Technology, and Society Department, Colby College
Dr. Michael MacCracken
Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute
Dr. Lynn M. Russell
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:45pm
Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change?
Large volcanic eruptions suggest that the Earth could be cooled quickly with relatively small amounts of fine particles placed in the stratosphere to deflect sunlight. Some argue that such geoengineering research is needed to understand whether the risks of climate change can be reduced in this way. Others claim that this research might suggest an easy fix to the climate problem, thereby encouraging increased greenhouse gas emissions and threatening possible harmful impacts.
Dr. Chris Field will moderate this panel of leaders in the field, who will discuss the potential benefits, risks, and challenges of geoengineering.
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